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Hurricane Model Developer

Job ID: 2302968
Location: COLLEGE PARK, MD, United States
Date Posted: Mar 21, 2023
Category: Software
Subcategory: SW Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Public Trust
Potential for Remote Work: Hybrid Remote
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Hurricane Model Developer to support the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) in carrying out research and development work related to future operational hurricane forecast systems.  The work location is at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP) in College Park, MD. 

Note: This hybrid role does offer the ability to work from home 2-3 days per week.


  • Develop, test, and evaluate of the Hurricane Analysis and Forecast System (HAFS), which is the Unified Forecast System’s (UFS) hurricane application
  • Optimize hurricane ensemble perturbations and improve ensemble spread.
  • Find optimal number of HAFS ensemble members and develop probabilistic forecast products.
  • Conduct HAFS ensemble simulations to provide atmospheric forcing for downstream applications.
  • Conduct pre-implementation tests for annual experimental and operational hurricane model upgrades.
  • Develop advanced scripts for flexible end-to-end system integration and automation.
  • Perform the job duties in a high-quality, independent, and collaborative way, assisting in managing projects and developing and applying innovative methods for the primary work areas.
  • Work with EMC scientists and external collaborators to develop and evaluate the current and future operational hurricane forecast systems, as well as to design, develop and evaluate HAFS ensemble analysis and forecast for downstream applications.
  • Utilize advanced UFS infrastructure and multi-scale modeling framework, improving hurricane specific physics, data assimilation, dynamics, and high-resolution telescoping and moving nest techniques.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors and two (2) years or more experience; Masters and 0 years related experience    
  • US Citizen or Green Card holder with the ability to obtain a NACI clearance.  For the Green Card holder to qualify for the clearance they must have lived in the US for a minimum 3 years prior to application.  An EAD is not accepted.
  • 2 years of professional web development experience
  • Experience with HTML5, PHP, JavaScript, and CSS
  • Experience in working with cloud resources
  • Ability to work independently and in the team environment
  • Demonstrated skill in communicating effectively with scientists of diverse backgrounds on technical details of the work plan and to present results accurately and clearly in both oral and written form
  • Initiative to work on complex problems and solve problems creatively
  • Demonstrated skill in performing tasks requiring organization and attention to detail

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence, and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

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